September 26, 2012 at 9:01 AM
We will not forget: for we can and we will remember them: we are all a family, a brotherhood and a sisterhood whose bonds cannot be broken, even by death. We will pay them tribute every day, by our work and by our thoughts, and we will never forget them.
A memorial wall at the BCAS offices on Virtual Way and at other Regional offices around the province served as a tribute and perpetual reminder of the ultimate sacrifices our colleagues made in the line of duty.
Regrettably, the senior management of the BCAS unilaterally decided to remove this tribute that served to honour our fellow Paramedics who died in the line of duty.
To say I was disheartened to learn of this decision would be a gross understatement. I can’t help but feel this decision represents a betrayal and serves to diminish the memories of Paramedics Tony Sunderland, Theresa Bond, Carolyn Schlamp, Andy Goedicke, Wendy Thompson, Kim Weitzel, Shawn Currier, Michael Gray, Ivan Polivka and Jo-Ann Fuller. We, the Paramedics of BC, will always remember and we will make efforts to continue to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
While it is not my decision what the BCAS choose to display in their corporate offices, I have requested that the Employer review and reconsider their decision to remove the memorial wall.
We will remember.
Ambulance Paramedics of BC
CUPE Local 873